An enormous sinkhole swallowed a bus and pedestrians in northwest China, sparking an explosion and killing nine people, state media said Tuesday.Footage showed people at a bus stop running from the collapsing road as the vehicle – jutting into the air – sank into the ground.Several people disappeared into the sinkhole as it spread, including what appeared to be a child. The incident also triggered an explosion inside the hole, video showed.Sinkholes are not unknown in China, where they are often blamed on construction works and the country’s rapid pace of development.The incident occurred at around 5:30 pm (0930 GMT) on Monday in Xining, the capital of Qinghai province, the state-run broadcaster CCTV said
BELLE VERNON, Pa. — A fire destroyed a home in Belle Vernon Thursday.
The fire was reported shortly after 10:30 a.m. on Rostraver Road, according to emergency dispatchers.
No injuries have been reported, dispatchers said.
Virginia Democrats took an important step toward passing several gun control bills they have prioritized during this year’s General Assembly session.
The majority-Democrat state Senate passed legislation that would restrict monthly gun purchases, expand background checks on firearms, and allow localities to ban guns in certain designated areas.
Senate Bill 69 amends Virginia law to restrict citizens’ ability to purchase more than one handgun per month, Senate Bill 70 requires mandatory background checks for all private sales of guns, and Senate Bill 35 requires localities to ban guns at public events.
Without original thinkers like Andrew Yang or Tulsi Gabbard, those on stage for the Democratic presidential debate seemed bored by their own words.
At least three departments are reviewing what could be the worst-ever crime spree by an elected US official
1. Department of Education Inspector General
This is related to evidence suggesting that Rep. Omar’s 2009 marriage to a UK citizen may have been an attempt to facilitate federal student loan fraud, or other fraud involving higher education.
● Shortly after Omar’s 2009 marriage, the new couple moved to Fargo, North Dakota. Omar enrolled at North Dakota State University in August 2009. Her husband enrolled the following year.
Omar received a degree in June 2011. According to Omar herself, she and her husband then permanently separated in June 2011. The marriage’s start and end coincide with the start and end dates of Omar’s NDSU enrollment.
Incredibly — according to address records, and a statement from Omar herself — she was also still living with her first husband, and their two kids, throughout this second marriage.
● In 2017, Omar finally filed for divorce. Under penalty of perjury, she submitted a nine-question form to the court attesting to having lost all contact with her NDSU husband in June 2011.
Dozens of verified social media posts, photos, and even a 2016 interview with the NDSU husband indicate otherwise. It appears Omar perjured herself eight times answering those nine questions.
(Click here for analysis of an additional court document Omar submitted, which suggests the likely motive for Omar taking such a risk. Each instance of perjury in Minnesota can receive a sentence of five years.)
2. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
● This is related to evidence suggesting a breathtaking number of possible immigration-related felonies. As I stated in an introductory passage within my July 18 article:
The [following] answers to those questions about [Rep. Omar’s 2009 marriage] appear to give probable cause to investigate Omar for eight instances of perjury, immigration fraud, marriage fraud, up to eight years of state and federal tax fraud, two years of federal student loan fraud, and even bigamy.
To be clear: The facts describe perhaps the most extensive spree of illegal misconduct committed by a House member in American history.
The involvement of ICE with a possible criminal investigation could hardly be of greater political import to Omar.
For several years, Omar has vigorously supported the abolishment of ICE. Her 2020 re-election platform — featured on her campaign site, and pictured below — targets ICE agents with vicious rhetoric that simply must be read by interested parties.
States Omar’s site: “Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is an unreformable organization that has become increasingly militarized, brutal, and unaccountable.”
That’s a question I’ve frequently wondered about, and one that Lewis Mumford sought to answer in his 1934 classic Technics & Civilization.
Below are four of the ideological shifts that Mumford believes prepared the way for the modern development of technology:
1) The Invention of the Clock
The invention of the mechanical clock—which appeared in medieval cities in the 13th century—was prepared for by the European monasteries, which desired to create a more ordered and regulated existence apart from the chaos that dwelt outside their walls.
2) A Changed Understanding of Space and Movement
The Middle Ages tended to conceive space as primarily symbolic of the divine. According to Mumford, “a revolutionary change in the conception of space took place” between the 14th and 17th centuries,
3) The Influence of Capitalism
The shift from a barter economy to a capitalist one brought about “constant reference to abstract symbols of wealth: gold, drafts, bills of exchange, eventually merely numbers.
4) A Turn from the Supernatural to the Natural
“Meanwhile, with the transformation of the concepts of time and space went a change in the direction of interest from the heavenly world to the natural one… Nature [now] existed to be explored, to be invaded, to be conquered, and finally, to be understood.”
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Police are investigating after a man walked into a Pittsburgh hospital with a gunshot wound in his back.
Pittsburgh Police responded to reports of a male with a gunshot wound who had walked into a hospital around 1 a.m. Thursday morning.
When they arrived to talk with the victim, police say he told them he was leaving a bar on the 2600 block of California Avenue when he heard gunfire.
He told police that’s when he realized he’d been shot in the back.
The victim was last listed in stable condition.
Police say they are investigating.
It was, the way Dominik Simon saw it, simply “amazing.”
Evgeni Malkin shrugged it off as nothing more than”hockey instincts.”
But Bryan Rust might have had the best explanation for how Malkin made the no-look drop pass to him that set up the Penguins’ third goal in their 7-3 victory against the Wild at PPG Paints Arena Tuesday night.
An airplane returning to Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday morning dropped jet fuel onto a school playground, dousing several students at Park Avenue Elementary School in Cudahy, officials said.
“Shortly after takeoff, Flight 89 from LAX to Shanghai experienced an engine issue requiring the aircraft to return quickly to LAX,” Delta said in a statement released Tuesday night. “The aircraft landed safely after a release of fuel, which was required as part of normal procedure to reach a safe landing weight. Delta is in touch with Los Angeles World Airports and the L.A. County Fire Department as well as community leaders, and shares concerns regarding reports of minor injuries to adults and children at schools in the area.”
State police said two people were also taken to the hospital, but it was unclear how they’d doing.
The crash happened after the car was speeding while making a sharp turn, striking a guard rail, flipping and landed on a hillside.
Investigators said all four people were ejected from the car and neither were wearing seat belts.
Police, fire crews, EMS crews and the coroner were all called to the scene and shut down the road four hours.
A reconstruction team is working to learn more specifics, including how fast the car was traveling.
The speed limit on the road is 45 mph.
Giant Eagle is eyeing a future without plastic bags, and for several stores, it begins Wednesday.
Some Giant Eagle stores are part of a six-month pilot program that eliminates single-use plastic bags.As an alternative, reusable bags will be sold for 99 cents. Paper bags will cost a dime.
For a limited time, a “one perk per reusable bag used” promotion will be available to customers who bring their own bags.
The program is being tested at Giant Eagle’s Waterworks Market District store in the Pittsburgh area, as well as at stores in Cuyahoga County and Bexley, Ohio.
According to a press release, Giant Eagle is committed to phasing out the blue-colored plastic bags in all city of Pittsburgh stores “in the coming months.”
Giant Eagle aims to eliminate single-use plastics by 2025.
For more information about Giant Eagle’s sustainability efforts, go to GiantEagle.com/AllOfUs.
Low-end smartphones sold to Americans with low-income via a government-subsidized program contain unremovable malware, security firm Malware bytes said today in a report.
The smartphone model is Unimax (UMX) U686CL, a low-end Android-based smartphone made in China and sold by Assurance Wireless, a cell phone service provider part of the Virgin Mobile group.
The telco sells cell phones part of Lifeline, a government program that subsidizes phone service for low-income Americans.
“In late 2019, we saw several complaints in our support system from users with a government-issued phone reporting that some of its pre-installed apps were malicious,” Malwarebytes said in a report published today.
The company said it purchased a UMX U686CL smartphone and analyzed it to confirm the reports it was receiving.
For starters, Malwarebytes said it found that one of the phone’s components, an app named Wireless Update, contained the Adups malware.
The Adups malware was discovered in 2017 by Kryptowire, and it’s a malicious firmware component created by a Chinese company of the same name.
Barr says DOJ was consulted before Soleimani strike as Trump blasts media and their ‘Democrat partners’
Attorney General William Barr on Monday said President Trump had consulted the Department of Justice before ordering an airstrike that killed Iran’s top military general earlier this month.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — If you noticed helicopters flying and hovering over the city last night, there was no cause for alarm; it was just film crews continuing work on Jason Momoa’s newest Netflix movie.“Sweet Girl” started filming right here in and around the Pittsburgh area in late 2019. Production is now continuing into the new year.
Crews were spotted near the Golden Triangle over the weekend.
A camera rig, attached to the back of a car, was set up along Stanwix Street and Liberty Avenue.
There were also lighting crews and service trucks in Gateway Center.
The helicopters flying over PNC Park and the David L. Lawrence Convention Center were also part of the excitement.
However, there were no Momoa sightings.
IMDb says he will play a grieving father protecting his daughter while trying to get justice in his wife’s death.
Police said after the confrontation, Charles Beiter, of Delmont, tried to break into a detached garage and then ran off.
Police said Beiter was wearing firefighter apparel and was driving a silver Mitsubishi SUV.
Investigators said home surveillance video helped them identify Beiter as the suspect.
Louis Gradisek lives in the home and told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 that he was home as this all was unfolding.
“I just happened to look out on the deck and I just happened to see him walking around out there,’ Gradisek said.
Investigators said troopers searching nearby heard about a man with the same description stealing items from a car and then running away.
Police also said Beiter was streaming on Facebook live around the time of the incident but attempts to locate him based on that were unsuccessful.
Police said he was later discovered in the area and taken into custody after a traffic stop.
Beiter is now in the Westmoreland County Prison facing several charges including attempted burglary and impersonating a public servant.
He is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on Jan. 23.
The residential fire was reported around 4 a.m. on the 200 block of Robinson Street.
When firefighters arrived, they found the roof on fire and downed power lines on the roof, according to Chris Togneri, public safety spokesman.
Togneri said the blaze went to two alarms about an hour after it was reported, but crews were able to put it out after Duquesne Light shut off power to the lines.
The Fire Investigation Unit, which made up of police detectives and fire investigators, will determine the cause of the fire.
BALDWIN (KDKA) — Allegheny County Police say the man shot and killed last night in Baldwin was armed and allegedly trying to break into a family’s apartment.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office has now identified the alleged intruder as 22-year-old Joshua Brandon Long of West Mifflin.
According to police, Long was shot and killed just after 7 p.m. Sunday while attempting an alleged armed robbery at an apartment on Rosewood Court.
Police say the 25-year-old man living in the apartment retrieved his own gun during the incident and shot the suspect. The man was at home with his 24-year-old fiancée and their 10-month-old child.
Officers took a 19-year-old man into custody nearby shortly after arriving at the scene. He is facing drug charges.
Allegheny County Police detectives continue to investigate the incident.
They will be working with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office to determine whether any charges will be filed in the incident.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Allegheny County Police tip line at 1-833-ALL-TIPS (1-833-255-8477).
A man took a cash register from a market during a robbery Saturday night, according to Pittsburgh police.
Officers were called to the Brighton Road store around 8:15 p.m. in the city’s Brighton Heights neighborhood. Police said the suspect went inside the store, grabbed the cash register and fled on foot.
No one was hurt. Neither the suspect nor the cash register were found by police who searched the area.
Firefighters were called Sunday afternoon to a blaze at an abandoned building in Jeannette, according to a Westmoreland 911 dispatcher.
The fire was reported at 4:28 p.m. on the second floor of a home along South 12th Street. No injuries were reported.
(CNN)Apologies from Iranian leaders over the downing of an airliner last week have done little to quell mass anti-government protests spreading across the country.Thousands of demonstrators hit the streets this weekend condemning Iranian authorities for shooting down a Ukrainian passenger plane and killing all 176 people on board.The airliner disaster came hours after Iran fired missiles at Iraqi military bases housing US troops. That was retaliation for a drone strike at Baghdad airport that killed Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani.Amid rising tensions in the region, eight Katyusha rockets hit Iraq’s Balad Air Base, north of Baghdad, on Sunday, wounding four Iraqi air force officers, the Iraqi military said in a statement. No American or coalition forces were at the base when the rockets struck, a US military official told CNN.In Iran, demonstrators are calling for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to step down and for those responsible for downing the plane to be prosecuted.
The Philippines raised the alert level for the Taal Volcano after it spewed a multi-kilometer high column of smoke and ash, prompting officials to close a Manila’s international airport and call for the evacuation of some 8,000 residents.
Continued volcanic activity could result in a more dangerous eruption. The volcano’s alert level was raised to “Level 4” by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), indicating an “effusive eruption” is underway. “Level 5” is the highest alert, indicating a life-threatening magmatic event that endangers nearby communities.
About 8,000 residents in communities near the volcano required immediate evacuation, according to Reuters. A PHIVOLCS “Level 4” alert indicates a danger zone of 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) or more around the active crater. Manila, the capital, is some 40 miles from the eruption. Flights were suspended to the Philippines’ main international airport, Ninoy Aquino International Airport, by the Manila International Airport Authority.
The eruption also risks causing a volcanic tsunami in caldera lakes (formed by a collapsed volcano), like Taal Lake, according to a New York Times report. Such tsunamis can be caused by shock waves and underwater explosions from volcanic activity, Scientific American reported earlier this year.
President Trump’s allies are seeking to buy out the president’s new favorite cable-news channel, One America News Network, in a move that would shake up the conservative media landscape currently dominated by Fox News, The Wall Street Journal reports. Citing sources familiar with the matter, the Journal reports that investment firm Hicks Equity Partners, which is owned by the family of the co-chairman of the Republican National Committee, Thomas Hicks Jr., is trying to persuade Republican donors to pitch in on a $250 million bid for an OANN buyout. Hicks Jr., who is also a friend of Donald Trump Jr., is said not to be involved in efforts to buy the network and has resigned at Hicks Holdings to avoid any conflicts of interest, but he could still opt in to a buyout deal, according to the Journal.
“Over the last 25 years, we have been active media investors. Any interest in OANN is from a purely business standpoint,” Rick Newman, a partner at Hicks Equity Partners, told the Journal. The network comes nowhere close to drawing the same viewership as other big names in cable news, but Trump has repeatedly singled out OANN for praise in recent months while at the same time disparaging Fox News over perceived criticism.